The UAE’s Vital and Effective Foreign Policy

  • 24 April 2014

The visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to Latin American countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina, reflects the UAE’s vital and effective foreign policy under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him). It also demonstrates the clear and comprehensive vision of the UAE’s policy, its commitment to engage with different regions of the world, and awareness of the transformations and strategic changes being witnessed at the international stage. It is hence important to pay attention to these paradigm shifts and deal with them to ensure achievement of larger national objectives.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s visit to Mexico and Brazil comes after the Asian tour undertaken in February by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, which included South Korea and Japan. This visit yielded positive results in terms of strengthening the UAE’s relations with the two countries across various fields. This approach indicates that the UAE is keen to diversify its engagements with the world and wants to strengthen its relations with important and rising powers, whether they are in Asia, North America, or Latin America. This is visible in the balance that has made the UAE’s foreign policy a success and forged friendships and strategic and economic partnerships around the world.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s visit to Mexico and Brazil and His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s tour of Asia, alongside otherhigh-level UAE diplomatic exchanges with the region and beyond, prove that the world wants to strengthen its relations with the UAE and is actively striving to diversify and consolidate them. This has been because of the UAE’s economic and political experience, which has been marked by openness and moderation, and is making opportunities available to fulfill mutual interests.

One of the main reasons why the UAE’s foreign policy has been successful is a vision that governs its outreach. The country’s diplomatic efforts, efficiently led by UAE Foreign Minister His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, stands strongly behind the country’s positive image all over the world, and global acceptance at the government as well as grassroots levels. The wise leadership’s foreign tours, their diplomatic efforts, regular visits of high-level foreign officials to the UAE, are all due to the country’s initiatives at domestic and external fronts, and because of the wise leadership, which has earned the UAE its rightful place on the world map.